Hello Altenew friends! It’s Virginia here. It gives me great joy to share 3 projects with Flowering Cistus Stamp Set. This beautifully-designed stamp set is the one that appeal to all levels of stampers and I can see why! This set has two Cistus flowers and each comes in 6 layers! Regardless of your precision in layered stamping, the results are always artsy and pretty! With my 3 examples, I also share 6 top tips on how to elevate your designs! Let’s get to it!
To start, I stamped and masked the flowers in the colors of blue and purple. These two cooler colors are complimentary and easy to do thanks to the Altenew Inks (Enchanted Garden and Lapis Lazulli). With the guides on the packaging, I was able to stamp each flowers and leaves easily.
Tip #1: Use negative part of the mask and then sponge the color! For the leaves, I left out the solid image and only stamped the detailed leaf image. With the negative part of the Flowering Cistus Mask Stencil in place, I sponged the leave in Lime very quickly. I love the light and airy look of the leaves!
Tip #2: Elevate that sentiment! I cut up the stamped background. Once cut, I popped up the thin strip and added the part of the Frame Thanks Die. To embellish, I added Satin White Sequins and silver strings. Got to love that Wow factor!
Noticed the “thanks” word die? I used Gradient Card Stock (Shades of Purple). It’s quick and easy!
My next card was created with a trendy color combo (pink, yellow/orange and grey) in mind. For the grey, I used Rock Collection. I also mixed in the pink ( Fuchsia and Magenta) , yellow (Vanilla Cream, Chamomile) and orange (Sunray and Snapdragon).
Tip#3: Play and experiment with Altenew Inks. You can mix the pink and yellow in the same flower! Imagine the unexpected burst of colors you will get!
Tip #4: It’s all about the odd number. There are 5 flowers and 5 leaves in this card. Try to aim for the visual triangle when positioning the elements.
The add that extra touch of sophistication, I used the new “Grand Stream” Washi Tape. I love how the Washi Tape make this design shine!
For my 3rd card, I decided to allow myself to let loose and have a little nearly no-line watercoloring fun.
Tip #5: Stamp the outline in the lightest color before watercoloring. For example, I stamped the outlines in Arctic Crisp Dye Ink. The lightest shades of Altenew ink (grey, blue and yellow) are ideal for this purpose.
Tip #6: Emboss those outlines! Once I am finished with the watercoloring, I stamped the outlines in Obsidian Pigment Ink and clear-embossed it with Crystal Clear Crisp Embossing Powder. This leaves the outlines some extra shine and textures. Love the bold definition!
The Coordinating Dies comes with two versions of “you” ( as seen in card #2 and #3). They are wonderful and can be used on its own as well.